Gulfood 2021: Here’s all you need to know

The 26th edition of the annual F&B event will host 2,500 companies from 85 countries

Cloud-kitchen and store-front operator Kitch launches in Saudi and UAE

Kitch launches with privately raised capital of $15m

Saudi tech startup Foodics raises $20m in Series B funding

The funding will enable the startup to grow its share in existing markets, ramp up international expansion, as well as expand its fintech offering

Vertical farming’s success depends on the cheapest lightbulb

Agriculture and forestry account for about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gases, while the hunt for new farming land to feed a growing global population has exacerbated deforestation

Prince Khaled’s KBW Ventures joins $60m financing round for cell-based seafood company

Financing deal for US-based BlueNalu is largest to date in the cell-based seafood industry

Evian Middle East introduces new label-free, 100% recycled water bottle

Evian seeks to become a ‘fully-circular’ brand by 2025

World’s largest fish and meat retailer receives funding from Abu Dhabi

FreshToHome will invest in aquaculture and agriculture solutions aimed at supporting food production in arid and desert climates

Abu Dhabi launches new Emirati Cuisine Programme

The programme aims to increase the number of local dishes offered at top hotels in Abu Dhabi via incentives, training courses, and promotions

The future of online food ordering in the GCC

Online food ordering has effectively altered the dynamics of the F&B ecosystem

Egypt-based FMCG giant picks SAP to run distribution, sales

EDITA rolls out SAP Direct Store Delivery (DSD) Mobile Android Solution 2.0

UAE’s Fruitful Day raises over Dhs3m to fund expansion

The company will use the funds for horizontal and vertical expansion

Bahrain’s Investcorp acquires cereal and coffee company Viz Branz

Viz Branz has approximately 1,300 employees with manufacturing facilities and operations in China and Myanmar

Dubai Fresh Market

Dubai Fresh Market begins selling Israeli produce

Israeli company Carmel Agrexco to invest in agricultural farms in the UAE

World hunger problem means some nations risk famine, UN says

Food insecurity is rising globally

Abu Dhabi looks to desert and space farming to boost food supply

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office will spend about $41m with other companies to develop technologies for producing food in arid conditions

World’s largest fish and meat online retailer raises $121m to expand operations

The funds will support the brand’s expansion in India and the Middle East with plans to launch in Saudi Arabia

Saudi tech startup Foodics launches $100m fund for SMEs

Foodics partnered with Maalem Financing to launch the fund

Pictures: Global Village’s 25th edition underway in Dubai

The silver jubilee edition of the festival will run for 25 weeks

Saudi tycoons expand fortune as grocery chain soars after IPO

Members of the family own a 67 per cent stake worth about $2.2bn in BinDawood Holding Co

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Al Habtoor hotels offer 24×7 kosher in-room dining in Dubai

Guests will be able to order from an OU Certified Kosher Room Service Menu throughout the day

Jones Food Company

Why the GCC and Britain are collaborating for food security

The GCC states have launched agritech programmes and are working to facilitate global agribusiness trade and diversify international food sources

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ partners with Lulu International Holdings for Egypt expansion

ADQ and LIHL will work to collectively develop up to 30 hypermarkets and 100 express minimarket stores

Dubai’s Careem announces 25 partners for rewards programme

Customers can earn points by taking rides, ordering food, shopping for essentials or getting anything delivered

Talabat to launch operations in Iraq

The company will initially launch operations in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan early next year, before expanding into Federal Iraq

Dubai-based cloud kitchen startup Kaykroo raises $4m in new funding

Existing restaurants relaunched as delivery and takeaway cloud kitchens

Supermarket chain Waitrose launches first international online grocery platform in UAE

The service will offer over 2,800 delivery slots each week, with a choice of three delivery time slots per day

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New 15,000sqft dining destination to open at ICD Brookfield Place in Dubai’s DIFC

The new destination, called The Guild, will feature eight different home-grown brands and slated to open next year

Emirates Skywards marks two decades; hosts over 27 million members

Emirates Skywards’ members come from more than 180 countries

Dubai-based Sweetheart Kitchen raises €15m in new funding

Virtual kitchen brand to expand its number of brands by five

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